My wish for you:

“I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.” ―Neil Gaiman


Great Big Things

I don’t do maxi dresses (I’m too short) and I’m not really in love with granola (blame the granola binge of ’06), but the way I talk to my class sometimes, I’m sure I’m labeled the ‘hippie teacher’. We talk about feelings and goals and quotes that inspire us. We talk about why we are learning and how we are learning it and what we can do with the knowledge we are gaining. We sometimes talk about how what we learn in school just isn’t for school, it’s for life- that every piece of information we gather is to help …READ MORE

I’m not talking about Grey’s Anatomy

For reasons I will never be able to articulate, I seem to swing violently between being 100% confident in my life and my choices and the direction I’m going- to the other extreme, 100% puddle on the kitchen floor, all emo with mascara stains on my cheeks feeling like I have yet to make a right choice and my life is doomed for failure before I hit thirty. There’s no in between, no grey area, no room to stretch- to accept that some choices might have been successes while others were failures. I paint everything with the same brush: it’s …READ MORE

if you’re lucky

It’s funny how this blogging thing can connect us to others in a way that we never really imagined. The people we meet, the friends we make, from all over the freaking world, it’s kind of amazing, right? I mean you go into blogging probably because you have an affinity for writing, you have something to say, you want to get your words out of your mind and out there, and something else happens as a really good side benny, if you’re lucky. Someone from somewhere far away (like Canada!) stumbles across your blog or you fall upon her’s first, …READ MORE

It worked for Lloyd Dobler

A young girl was breaking up with the “looks good on paper” fiancé. They were standing on a dock facing the ocean, watching the waves coming in when she handed him back the ring that had been the promise of their future. She wished that he would do something impulsive, something reckless. She silently prayed he would throw the ring into the ocean, if he could do something like that- an irresponsible and unexpected grand gesture, he would be the one for her. She realized that’s what she needed- proof he was willing to do more than any other man. …READ MORE

What they don’t tell you

I often like to reflect on all the things I didn’t learn in university that I should have. Someone should have taught a class on how to work all the school office equipment (and more importantly, what to do when the photocopier breaks down for the 734th time and your kicking of the machine is getting you dirty looks). Someone should have taught a class on what to have your teacher assistants do- because finding work for them often is the hardest part of my planning. Someone should have taught a class on time management. On the trick to writing …READ MORE

what happens there, stays there?

Firstly, since Miss Brandylu asked that I hijack her blog whilst she’s away in Vegas (lucky lady), and last night is when The Hills! made it’s debut back, I had to pay proper tribute and do a shoutout for that alone, first and foremost. I’m Brookem, I’m a Hills addict, I like men with a good HOH, and Brandy is one of my most favourite bloggers. I’ve been reading Brandy’s blog for about a year or so now?, and I remember being hooked when I read this post. Brandy and I, despite our geographical distance, seem to be in tune …READ MORE

They don’t call it Super for nothing

Further proof John Legend is worth an elephants weight in cashmere sweaters:

This Tuesday – Vote. (For some blogger perspectives on the election, check out here, here, here and here.

I second that Emotion

Overheard today…

” Sometimes I feel smarter knowing less. I mean, sometimes information isn’t power. It just gets in the way of the stuff you already know.”

In other news, I just calculated that I won’t be home (ie. in my bed sleeping) for 15 hours. This thought has left me incredibly depressed. Even more depressed than seeing what’s-his-face-with-the-ever-changing-hair stay yet another week on American Idol. What gives America?

(And yes, the phrase ‘what gives?’ is making a comeback. And it’s starting today.)